Rent-shy couple accused of robbery
Two people armed with a BB gun and a folding knife were arrested after they dragged two employees of a Clifton fast-food restaurant into a back room and robbed the business in an apparent effort to secure rent money, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday.
Timothy Victor Atchley, 27, and Angela Marie Reed, 20, both of 3066 D Road, were nabbed just minutes after the early Sunday morning robbery in the drive-through lane of a nearby restaurant.
The two made their first court appearances Monday and were advised they could be charged with felony counts of second-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery and menacing with a deadly weapon and a misdemeanor count of first-degree criminal trespass. Both remained in the Mesa County Jail on Monday evening in lieu of $100,000 bonds.
A Mesa County sheriff’s deputy already was in the area of Wendy’s, 3207 Interstate 70 Business Loop, when he received a report of a possible fight and a woman screaming at the restaurant just before 1 a.m. The deputy then saw a silver sedan speed away from Wendy’s, and he stopped it in the drive-through of Taco Bell, 3231 I-70B, according to an arrest affidavit.
The passenger in the car, Atchley, admitted to the deputy he and the driver, Reed, had just robbed Wendy’s and said the gun was under the passenger seat and the money was in a black bag on the center console. Deputies located both the BB gun and more than $3,100 in cash in the bag, the affidavit said.
Reed declined to talk to deputies, but Atchley told him that Reed hatched the idea for the robbery after being told to come up with rent money or face eviction. Atchley said they robbed Wendy’s because he used to work there, the affidavit said.
Atchley said they parked behind Hollywood Video, 3205 I-70B, and waited for the best opportunity to commit the robbery. He said when they saw a Wendy’s employee step outside to smoke, they approached her wearing masks and displaying the BB gun and forced her back into the restaurant. They then grabbed her and another employee and dragged them into a back room where the money is kept. Atchley also admitted to biting one of the employees, the affidavit said.
In addition to the cash, deputies found an employee’s cellphone in Reed’s pocket.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Atchley is on probation for a 2005 forgery case out of Virginia.